S.P. approves new Moore Humane Society Animal Welfare Center

The Town of Southern Pines approved an Architectural Compliance Permit for a 19,705-square-foot building for the Moore Humane Society Animal Welfare Center at its July 9 business meeting.

Moore County Humane Society President Corky Kern owns the property for the new facilities near the fire department at 5355 Highway 22 in Southern Pines.

The nonprofit shelter will include adoption facilities, an education center, administration offices, a clinic, an intake area, and exterior play and exercise yards. The intake/holding areas include 16 large indoor/outdoor dog runs, 14 indoor dog runs, eight cat rooms, and six cat “condos.”

A conceptual development plan was not needed because the shelter is a by-right use in the zoning district.

The building will be visible to the public but will be buffered with plants.

In other business, the council approved RLPS Architect John Houck II’s Architectural Compliance Permit for multifamily apartment buildings for Penick Village at 500 East Rhode Island Ave. to expand retirement services. The units do not include nursing beds or special services.

The apartment buildings include one 63,374-square-foot multifamily residential building with 26 dwelling units, Weymouth Glen, and three 16,141-square-foot multifamily residential buildings with six dwelling units, Grove Villa.

Buildings may have less than 80% brick building materials and must be screened from public view. The buffers’ planting rates must be consistent with the Unified Development Ordinance.

The council approved a request for a conditional zoning map amendment for a 156-foot cellular tower at 7672 Highway 22, as recommended after the planning board’s review on June 20 because it allows smart city technology and supports local business.

After a thorough discussion, the council approved Penick Village’s request for a Watershed Protection Permit. The application requests 36.4 acres of 5/70 exemption allocation to add a senior living building, three townhome-style villas, a wellness center, and a gatehouse to the existing Penick Village campus, which is located within the Little River.

“The ask will breed more asks,” Southern Pines Council Treasurer Ann Petersen said about asking the county to approve the Watershed Protection Permit.

“It will move development toward municipalities and help keep farmlands safe,” Town Manager Reagan Parsons said.

For details regarding other meeting topics, please click here.

Feature Photo: The Linden Group with RWE Design Build presents slides of the future Moore Humane Society Animal Welfare Center at the Town of Southern Pines July 9, 2024 business meeting/rendering via Town of Southern Pines.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel journalist Stephanie M. Sellers. Stephanie is also an English instructor at Central Carolina Community College. She is the author of young adult fiction, including When the Yellow Slugs Sing and Sky’s River Stone, and a suspense, GUTTERSNIPE: Shakespearean English Stage Play with Translation.

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